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Stephen manages his anxiety following a health scare

28 Sep 2018

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Stephen Pieniazek from Bradford, knew something was wrong when he suffered a panic attack while walking his dog. At the time, the 59 year old was dealing with a serious health scare causing him extreme stress and anxiety that eventually kept him off work for six months.

After seeking support from Remploy, the disability, employment and skills specialist, to get back to work, Stephen is managing his health issues and has his life back on-track after his health scare turned out to be a false alarm.

Stephen said: “Anxiety can be quite debilitating because the mind plays tricks and I get anxious about silly things, this illness is very frightening at times which is why this support is vital in helping you to deal with it. When I felt able to come back to work, my manager suggested getting in touch with Remploy which is when things started to improve.” 

He was supported through the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, a confidential service delivered by Remploy funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Stephen said: “My Remploy Vocational Rehabilitation Coach Susan seemed to understand exactly what I was going through, at a time when I felt quite isolated and like no-one else really understood how I was feeling. It was brilliant having her support and it made me feel like someone knew what I was going through and was concerned about me. The guidance I received from Susan during this difficult time was invaluable.” 

Stephen works as a Parking Services Officer for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, where he has worked for the last 40 years.

He added: “Susan has always been available via texts or phone calls and always kept in contact with me to check how I was progressing. She gave me breathing techniques to help me relax and gave me details of other organisations that could help me as well. I can’t thank her and Remploy enough for their support - they’ve been wonderful.”
The Access to Work Workplace Mental Health Support Service provides confidential, personalised mental health support to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress, or any other mental health conditions affecting their work.

Susan Spence, Remploy Vocational Rehabilitation Coach, said: “Stephen was a pleasure to work with and fully engaged with all aspects of the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. Stephen has progressed so well and is determined to maintain his presence at work, which he is aware is beneficial to his mental wellbeing. I am looking forward to continuing to support Stephen on his continuing journey towards positive mental wellbeing.”

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